MORE than 80 golfers between the ages of eight and 14 enjoyed the first event in the Welsh Junior Tour at Mold Golf Club.
Golf Union of Wales chairman Val Franklin was on hand to see the inaugural event, which is taking part on courses specially tailored to suit the age profile and ability of the players.
“We are delighted with the success of the first Junior Tour event and our thanks go to the committee and members at Mold for giving up their course for the day and helping us in the organisation,” she said.
“There is some tremendous work going on within clubs and counties across Wales to introduce young players to the game helped by the junior initiatives run by Golf Development Wales and the recently established GUW coaching centres programme.
“The Welsh Junior Tour builds on all this work by giving young players a fun but competitive opportunity at an early stage in their golfing development.
“Golf is a tremendous game for all the family and it was great to see so many parents at the golf club supporting their children and even participating in some of the skills challenges organised by GDW.”
Mold Golf Club manager Chris Mills said: “It has been a pleasure to see so many young players participating in this event.
“We are committed to supporting junior golf and, through our professional Craig Tudor, have one of the strongest junior academies in North Wales helping to develop the next generation of players.”
The winners of the five separate age groups were;
Under 8’s George Ledsham (Mold)
Under 10’s Charlie McKinney (Abergele)
Under 12’s Ryan Williams (Bargoed)
Boys U14’s James Jones (Llanymynech)
Girls U14’s Nia Cameron (Padeswood & Buckley)
Pictured is Jack McKinney kicking off the Welsh Junior Tour in style at Mold.